Sunday, November 24, 2013

Raspberry Chocolate Bark by Teajo Teas

Today, on our tour of holiday teas, we travel into the realm of stocking stuffer treats with Raspberry Chocolate Bark by Teajo Teas!

Seller Description: "We give you permission to indulge in this delicious blend of full-bodied Assam tea, natural raspberry flavor and dark chocolate. It's perfect for the holidays!"
Ingredients: Full leaf black tea, cornflower, cacao chips and natural flavors.
WebsiteRaspberry Chocolate Bark by Teajo Teas
Sample source: Provided

Teaware: 16oz glass infuser mug
Measured dry: 2 teaspoons
Water Temperature: 212º F
Steeping Time: 3 minutes
Additives: 4 teaspoons of raw sugar

Opening the package of this tea was like stepping back into the Christmas mornings of my childhood. The aroma of this tea is nearly identical to the scent that would fill my senses after happily slamming apart a raspberry Chocolate Orange.

With those happy memories fresh in my mind, I went about investigating the leaves. The black tea base was obvious, as were the cacao chips and cornflowers. Less identifiable were the red flowers and small pieces of fruit or berry.

Whatever they are, this blend tastes wonderful once it's steeped. I often find that I either really love or really hate chocolate-flavored teas, but this one has hit the sweet spot! It tastes exactly like the title suggests - chocolate and a plant-based raspberry flavoring that toes the line between artificial and fresh. I don't taste much of the black tea base, but what there is makes itself known in the aftertaste. The cornflower also plays a background role, because once the raspberry and dark chocolate notes hit you, they stay with you through each sip and even become more prominent as the tea cools.

All in all, I would be delighted to enjoy this on Christmas morning!

Prominent Notes: Primarily chocolate and raspberry with only a slight hint of cornflower
Aftertaste: If anything, a faint echo of the black tea blend
Overall: A guilt-free chocolate binge!

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